Genesis (1986 film)

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French poster of the film.
Directed by Mrinal Sen
Written by Samaresh Basu (story)
Mohit Chattopadhya
Starring Shabana Azmi
Naseeruddin Shah
Om Puri
Music by Ravi Shankar
Cinematography Carlo Varini
Edited by Elisabeth Waelchli
Release date
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
105 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Genesis is a 1986 Hindi-language film directed by Mrinal Sen. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. It was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


A farmer (Naseeruddin Shah) and a weaver (Om Puri) exchange their products for goods provided by a regular passing trader (M.K. Raina). A woman (Shabana Azmi) arrives, forcing the two men’s desires but also urging them to obtain more recompense from the trader. After a visit to a village fair, the two men become more acquisitive and jealousies break out over the now pregnant woman who simply ups and leaves. As the two men fight each other, the trader’s men attack and enslave the workers again.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Genesis". Retrieved 2009-07-11. 

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